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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Entognatha (disputed)
Subclass: Collembola
Order: Neelipleona (disputed)

Neelipleona is a name given to some Hexapods of the subclass Collembola (Springtails). While their taxonomic rank remains broadly settled as family Neelidae, Neelipleona has been described at Order or Suborder rank.

Taxonomic rank[edit]

Many authors consider the "Neelipleona" Symphypleona of the superfamily Sminthuroidea, family Neelidae.[1]

However, in other accounts, Neelipleona are either a distinct order from the three less controversial Springtail orders (Entomobryomorpha, Poduromorpha and Symphypleona)[2][3] or a distinct suborder of Symphypleona,[4][5] or placed in the Entomobryomorpha.


  1. ^ See references in Haaramo (2008)
  2. ^ "Neelipleona". Australian National Insect Collection Database. Retrieved November 30, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Order Neelipleona (Springtails) - Biodiversity of Great Smoky Mountains National Park". Discover Life in America. Retrieved November 30, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Suborder Neelipleona". UniProt Consortium. Retrieved November 30, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Suborder Neelipleona". Integrated Taxonomic Information Systems. Retrieved November 30, 2008.